Thursday, December 11, 2014

Imagination as a Definite Must-Have for a Photographer.

Imagination is
 *the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality;
*mental creative ability;
*the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced;
*the ability to imagine things that are not real;
*something that only exists or happens in your mind;
*in psychology: the power of reproducing images stored in the memory under the suggestion of associated images (reproductive imagination) or of recombining former experiences in the creation of new images directed at a specific goal or aiding in the solution of problems (creative imagination).

The synonyms for imagination are fancy, fantasy.

Children have bright, vivid, lively imagination. It’s so easy to imagine her (herself?) being a beautiful princess for any girl… It’s so easy to imagine him (himself?) being a hero such as Spiderman for any boy… It’s so easy to imagine that you are sailing in a boat watching the waves splashing against the rock while taking a bath… It’s more difficult to have imagination for adults. But it’s absolutely one of the most essential qualities for any photographer.

“When I'm ready to make a photograph... I quite obviously see in my mind's eye something that is not literally there... I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without”. (Ansel Adams)

It was a cold November morning. It was drizzling. If I needed the words to describe it there would be:  “damp”, “sad”, “somber”… Nothing interesting… But suddenly I imagined the golden path, the golden light, wise silence… I took a photo. And it was a wonder that my camera captured the golden path, the golden light, wise silence… The scene which was not seen and was imagined… The power of photography…

There’s a child inside each one of us as long as you let him to stay there… Let your inner child remain inside you and help you to imagine!

Thank you for reading!